This week saw the first big hit injury-wise for the 2016 season, as Justin Dunning suffered an ACL tear in Monday’s practice. Coach Sumlin indicated that Dunning was having a solid fall practice. Dunning’s size (6’4” 225lbs) not only gave the defense good depth at the safety position, but allowed him to play some linebacker and rush end in certain situations.
Dunning had a solid freshman season last year before tearing an ACL against Vanderbilt. He played at safety in 11 games, notching an interception against Western Carolina, and was a key special teams contributor.
"It's really unfortunate," Sumlin said. "I sat down and talked to him today. Everybody is frustrated. He's frustrated, and he's such a good person you want great things to happen for him, but that's another setback for him."
Best of luck in your recovery, Justin.